Health & Beauty | February 2009
|V.E.S. Visits Marriott CasaMagna Resort|
Ed Thomas - PVNN
On February 17th and 18th, as part of their ongoing mission to test and educate as many people in the Banderas Bay area as possible, the V.E.S. HIV education and testing team went to the Marriott CasaMagna Resort in Marina Vallarta to test & educate their employees.
|For more information about HIV, testing, counseling, and risk reduction programs in the Banderas Bay area, visit VallartaEnfrentaSida.org or call (322) 223-0535.|
This all comes about from a conversation that V.E.S. executive director Paco Arjona had with one of the people that got tested at the health fair conducted in Colonia Aurora last September.
From that conversation came a two-day clinic at the CTM union hall on calle Columbia in 5 de Diciembre. At the clinic the team spoke to about 4000 union members about HIV education, passed out 6000 condoms and passed out banners & flyers about their Yo Me Amo campaign to the representatives from the various Puerto Vallarta hotels and restaurants in attendance. Also they performed 233 rapid HIV antibody detection tests.
Last week, with the help and support from Marriott Human Resources Director, Irma Pena, the V.E.S. team ran a two-day education and testing clinic for the CasaMagna Resort employees. During this time 200 employees attended the education part of the clinic and 107 people took the HIV rapid test. Also 1300 masculine and 80 female condoms were handed out.
Puerto Vallarta's HIV/AIDS non-profit organization, Vallarta Enfrenta el SIDA, and CAPASITS, work together to provide high-quality medical care, counseling and psychological support, education and prevention programs, and outreach to at-risk communities in the Banderas Bay area. For information, assistance, or to volunteer or donate, please visit VallartaEnfrentaSida.org. To learn more about VES, click HERE.